I first read this story in Readers Digest and recently found it in this blog. To me its a story of practical faith. Sometimes I wonder how much I try to help God when Im asked to let go. This story is about 2 sides of a coin. Trusting God is also about taking action and how supernatural and natural coexist. I used to live in Bangkok when it floods in December and we had to take little boats so this story appealed to me.
A man was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He prayed to God for help.
Soon a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.”
The stranded man replied, “No, it’s OK, God is going to save me.”
So the rowboat moved on.
Then a motorboat turned in, the fellow in the motorboat shouted, “Jump in, I can save you.”
The stranded man replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he will rescue me. I have faith.”
So the motorboat went on.
Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety.”
Again, the stranded man replied, “No thanks, God is going to save me. I have faith.”
So the helicopter flew away.
Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to meet God. He exclaimed, “I had faith in you but you didn’t save me, you let me drown. Why!”
God replied, “I sent a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter to help you, what else did you expect?” James 2:14
What new habits and goals can I set for 2021?
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